The Jewish community at The Fountains at Washington House, under the direction of Gideon Frishman, prepared a program to include the non-Jewish residents in our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur celebration. Our dining room service provided a special meal during the event.
Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. Although the holiday includes elements of joy and celebration, Rosh Hashanah is a deeply religious occasion. The customs and symbols reflect the holiday’s dual emphasis on both happiness and humility. Customs observed on Rosh Hashanah include the sounding of the shofar and eating special foods including round challah, which symbolizes the circle of life, and sweet foods for a sweet New Year. It is also customary to extend wishes for a good year. In Hebrew, the simple form of the greeting is “L’shanah tovah!”
After the Rosh Hashanah celebration it was followed by a more serious religious Yom Kippur service which means “Day of Atonement” and that pretty much explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year.
The event included singing and reading in both English and Hebrew. Many of the residents, regardless of religious beliefs, were able to see that no matter what religion we practice we all have the same values.